Executive Bios

David Holl

Date Joined Mary Kay:
June 1, 1993

As Chairman of Mary Kay Inc., one of the largest direct sellers of skin care and color cosmetics in the world, David Holl oversees the company’s executive committee. He leads, chairs, and oversees the performance of the Board and plays a pivotal role in promoting and overseeing the highest standards of corporate governance within the Board. A highly experienced strategic player in the financial and direct selling industries, David leads by consistently fostering open relationships and inclusive discussions that challenge the status quo.

David joined Mary Kay Inc. in 1993 and in 1996, served as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer where he was responsible for the overall financial growth of Mary Kay across the globe. In 2001, he was named President and Chief Operating Officer and in 2006, David assumed the title of President and Chief Executive Officer. In 2018, David was promoted to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Under his leadership, the powerhouse cosmetics company expanded into numerous new markets and successfully diversified its revenue across Mary Kay markets worldwide. The company also globally rebranded and standardized its core systems and processes. During David’s tenure as Chief Executive Officer, Mary Kay’s global revenue more than doubled, with markets around the world regularly setting sales and independent sales force records. He also led the company through some of the most challenging times in the passing of the legendary Founder, Mary Kay Ash, and the uncertain times during COVID-19.

To support the company’s growth and future needs in producing best-in-the-industry skin care, color cosmetics, and fragrances, under David’s helm, Mary Kay Inc. invested more than $100 million (USD) in the new global Richard R. Rogers Manufacturing / R&D Center in Lewisville, Texas. Mary Kay China also opened a new $125 million (USD) corporate building in Shanghai, China.

Prior to joining Mary Kay Inc., David served as Vice President in the corporate capital division at Citibank, based in New York. Prior to his career at Citibank, he was a Financial Analyst for Union Texas Petroleum in Houston, Texas. David retired from his position as CEO of Mary Kay Inc. in December 2022.

David earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Clemson University. He continued his education at the University of South Carolina where he earned a Master of Business Administration and was designated the outstanding MBA candidate.

Affiliations, Activities & Recognition

  • Board of Directors/Mary Kay Inc., Present
  • Board Member/Dallas Citizens Council, 2006-Present
  • Board Member/Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) Board, 2002-2023 
  • Board Member/The Nature Conservancy, 2007-2020
  • Board Member/Southwestern Medical Foundation, 2005-2022
  • Board Member/Direct Selling Association, 2013-2015, 2017-2021 (Board Chair, 2015-2017)
  • Member/World Federation of Direct Selling Association CEO Council, 2002-2022
  • Named University of South Carolina’s Moore School of Business “Distinguished Alumnus,” 2008


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